In Maine, the floating turbine VolturnUS 1:8 is turned on, generating the first offshore wind power in the United States.
The first floating wind turbine in U.S. history goes upright and onto the water in Brewer, Maine, on Friday, on its way to being put in place and connected to the grid.
Along with its floating turbine demo, the University of Maine will soon deploy a LIDAR-equipped buoy to measure wind speeds well above the water’s surface.
A 1:8 scale floating turbine is unveiled in Maine, and the plan is to have it in the water and sending power to the grid in less than a month.
Seven innovative offshore wind demos get $4 million for planning and design, and up to three could advance to a second round of funding worth $47 million.
By April, a University of Maine-led project figures to have a prototype floating wind turbine far offshore, where strong, consistent winds blow.